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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Lanikai Reef

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 Access

drive into lanikai - find a beach access and paddle your ass off

English (Translate this text in English): drive into lanikai - find a beach access and paddle your ass off

English (Translate this text in English): drive into lanikai - find a beach access and paddle your ass off

English (Translate this text in English): drive into lanikai - find a beach access and paddle your ass off

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

Power

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide position

Best tide movement

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Sharks

 Additional Information

Be ready for a long fucking paddle. Coming back in after a long session is torture - a boat ideal. On a big North / North East Swell it's gets solid wrap and if the winds are light and variable (rare combo) It can be all time.

All down the stretch of outer reef there are nice breaks. I've surfed a solid right near the middle with real long rides but a shit load of paddling because there is no channel.

There is a real fun left right by the two islands which has a channel.

When it gets some size it's real fun out there.

when it's small it aint worth it.

English (Translate this text in English): Be ready for a long fucking paddle. Coming back in after a long session is torture - a boat ideal. On a big North / North East Swell it's gets solid wrap and if the winds are light and variable (rare combo) It can be all time.<br /><br />All down the stretch of outer reef there are nice breaks. I've surfed a solid right near the middle with real long rides but a shit load of paddling because there is no channel.<br /><br />There is a real fun left right by the two islands which has a channel.<br /><br />When it gets some size it's real fun out there.<br /><br />when it's small it aint worth it.

English (Translate this text in English): Be ready for a long fucking paddle. Coming back in after a long session is torture - a boat ideal. On a big North &#47; North East Swell it's gets solid wrap and if the winds are light and variable (rare combo) It can be all time.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;All down the stretch of outer reef there are nice breaks. I've surfed a solid right near the middle with real long rides but a shit load of paddling because there is no channel.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;There is a real fun left right by the two islands which has a channel.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;When it gets some size it's real fun out there.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;when it's small it aint worth it.

English (Translate this text in English): Be ready for a long fucking paddle. Coming back in after a long session is torture - a boat ideal. On a big North &amp;#47; North East Swell it's gets solid wrap and if the winds are light and variable (rare combo) It can be all time.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;All down the stretch of outer reef there are nice breaks. I've surfed a solid right near the middle with real long rides but a shit load of paddling because there is no channel.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There is a real fun left right by the two islands which has a channel.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;When it gets some size it's real fun out there.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;when it's small it aint worth it.

Atmosphere

Cruisy. Even if there are people out they are usually spread out all over the place and it doesn't have hard core locals cause it only breaks once in a Blue moon.

English (Translate this text in English): Cruisy. Even if there are people out they are usually spread out all over the place and it doesn't have hard core locals cause it only breaks once in a Blue moon.

English (Translate this text in English): Cruisy. Even if there are people out they are usually spread out all over the place and it doesn't have hard core locals cause it only breaks once in a Blue moon.

English (Translate this text in English): Cruisy. Even if there are people out they are usually spread out all over the place and it doesn't have hard core locals cause it only breaks once in a Blue moon.

General

If everythings just right and you got the day off - you'll have a sweet time

English (Translate this text in English): If everythings just right and you got the day off - you'll have a sweet time

English (Translate this text in English): If everythings just right and you got the day off - you'll have a sweet time

English (Translate this text in English): If everythings just right and you got the day off - you'll have a sweet time

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By kfernsufer , 25-01-2010

big days at the MOKULUA's - k firstof all, its not called lanikai break of twin islands. its called the mokulua islands. k well i grew in kailua and didnt surf too much there. oneday, after school, at about5 oclock. me and my friend decidedto go paddle out. both having short boards and no experience there. we were so tiredpaddling out and in. the current can be a dick while padlling in. but it looked good sizefrom lanikai point. we went out. crazy big and so sketch. glassy and 6-7ft face! so deep whales could be out?!? yeah, the entire bay was breaking (about 6 spots)! was nutz, onlyoldguyz who lookedlikelanikai residents wereout. got back when it was pitch black!goodtimes!
another time, we went to mokulas. we were off oftheisland it was like 7ft! glassy. the wave is supah thick. so muchwhite wash when its big! i gave up(too big) my friend stayed out on his 5'10" hecouldnt catch a thing, the wave wasto thick. But it gets fun on the inside! the white wash meets from both sides and you can literally fly like 4ft in the air!

By Anonymous , 18-12-2009

NAPPYKAUKAU - I surfed all over the east side, some of the best times and waves. There are sharks and you can get a reef sandwich served raw if you don't know the spots. twin islands and no can tells are the good spots when its konas and a N. swell. Rabbit island is the spot 1994 winter swell turkey day swell....PK, JEFF, we ruled!!!
Back side Bob

By Anonymous , 09-12-2007

Over-rated - Lanikai Reef has a handful of shifty, wobbly spots. It's basically like lots of breaks: super inconsistent. The residents will score the rare days, you'll hear about it too late and will never get the good days. The waves are infrequently worth it, but you do get to surf frequently with a Hare Krishna cult who frequent the reef.

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